The rise of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election has caused some concern in the country over the Vermont Senator describing himself as a Democratic Socialist; during an interview on the Fox Business channel’s “The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan” Thor Halvorssen attempted to put forward his views on socialism and its misuse. The problem many people see with the rise of socialism in the U.S. is that few of those following Sanders campaign have a deep understanding of what socialism stands for, which the Human Rights Foundation founder Halvorssen attempted to explain.
After being asked to explain what is meant by the term socialism Halvorssen gave his opinion that there are many different forms of the political ideology, not all of which are bad. However, Halvorssen explained the problem he had with socialism is when it becomes the dominant ideology in any state; the Venezuelan film producer went on to explain socialist ideals can be integrated into a democratic structure when used as just one part of a much larger government structure.
Thor Halvorssen has built a strong reputation as a human rights activist after spending much of his life providing his time for groups hoping to protect those living in closed societies. The human rights activist went on to explain how socialist policies can be used by fascist regimes to keep their people under restrictive rule, including those used in Halvorssen’s home country of Venezuela; after a series of left leaning governments held control in Venezuela the country was placed under the control of a series of restrictive regime hidden beneath the mask of socialism. Halvorssen went on to explain socialism often sees restrictive policies introduced that include the setting of prices resulting in food shortages for the people of the country.